"Clouds, cold front"
JOHANNESBURG - The N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) has warned road users to take precautionary measures this weekend as a cold front is expected to result in heavy snow along the N3 toll regions.
Cold front currently tracking along the KZN coast bringing cold and cloudy weather. pic.twitter.com/Sl5Z5WjNWw— Weather Watch SA (@storm_sa) June 16, 2016
According to an advisory by the South African Weather Service, people can expect "an extreme, late-winter weather system to develop, affecting mostly the southern and eastern parts of the country".
The cold and wet weather is predicted to begin from Sunday, 24 July, and continue until Tuesday, 26 July. It will affect parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State.
Heavy snow is expected in Mooi River, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Van Reenen’s Pass, Harrismith, Bethlehem and surrounding areas.
Cut-off low to bring heavy rain, snowfalls,very cold weather and storms to parts of SA this weekend/early next week pic.twitter.com/WbIAYcDgnG— Weather Watch SA (@storm_sa) July 21, 2016
The increased likelihood of snow could cause hazardous travelling conditions and residents are advised to avoid driving if possible.
Motorists, and particularly transport operators with livestock and perishable loads, can expect delays and road closures.
“We strongly advise that you avoid travelling to these parts of the country if the expected heavy snowfalls do occur,” says Dave Steele, Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) Station Commander for the Ladysmith District.
All emergency services, law enforcement agencies, rescue- and relief services and disaster management teams in the area have been placed on high alert.
“N3TC and its partners in the emergency and law enforcement services will make every attempt to ensure general safety along the N3 Toll Route. If required, sections of the route may be closed to traffic should conditions become too dangerous and the area deemed inaccessible, in the interests of the safety of road users and emergency response teams,” says Con Roux, N3TC’s commercial manager.
Stay alert and prepared for snow! Should you have to travel, pack extra blankets, food and refreshments in your vehicle.— N3 Toll Concession (@N3Route) July 23, 2016
Weather and traffic conditions as well as road closures will be communicated via the media and N3TC’s Twitter feed @N3Route.
The N3TC advises road users to confirm travel conditions on the 24-hour customer careline on 0800 N3 Help (0800 63 4357).